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Arturo's Special 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Original:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Ian Carter, Todd Gordon, Mike Brown, Daryl Nakahira & Reggie Thomson, March 1979
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Submitted By: C Miller on Jan 1, 2005

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Arturo's Special (5.8), Joshua Tree NP

Description 

Named for a popular mexican food restaurant in the town of Joshua Tree which closed in 2005.

A start in a chossy left-facing corner (pro to 2") leads up right to a low-angled ramp and a high first bolt. Climb past the bolt and continue up and left past two more bolts on near vertical patina edges/friction to a final bolt where the angle lessens and the climbing gets easier but you'll go about 15 feet to the bolted anchor/rap on top.

A good climb at a less popular area than many of the Hall Of Horror routes makes this worth the walk. Two stars out of five.

Location 

Left side of the east face and just right of an prominent chimney that splits the face. Follow a trail through some bushes to the base of the wall and then cut back left via some scrambling to reach the base of this route.

Protection 

4 bolts, bolted anchor/rap (all bolts 3/8"), a couple of pieces (1.25" and 2") before first bolt


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By M. Morley
Administrator
From: Sacramento, CA
Dec 21, 2002

I thought I did this route the other day, but must have done something else, as the description doesn't match. The route I climbed was around the corner about 200' left of Trashman Roof. It has 4 new bolts, the first 3 are close together, and then 1 more closer to the top. There are no bolted anchors (walk-off to the left). The route is no more than 40' high. It felt like about 5.9 or so, maybe a little harder. Anyone know what this route might be?
By C Miller
Administrator
From: CA
Dec 21, 2002

The route you did is called Cosmic Dance Of Sheba (5.10c). 4 bolts and no anchor. Climbs the brown face visible in the photo just under the letter "M".
By M. Morley
Administrator
From: Sacramento, CA
Dec 21, 2002

Thanks Chris! It did feel pretty hard for "5.8"!!
By Brian in SLC
From: Sandy, Utah
Jan 2, 2008

Felt like the crux was the step up off the fourth bolt. Well bolted. Fun route. Nice rappel anchor.

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